Adapted from John Jakes's sprawling novel, North and South garnered attention when it first hit the small screen due to its supporting cast, including Gene Kelly, Robert Mitchum, Johnny Cash and Elizabeth Taylor as a New Orleans madam. However, most of the screen time went to Patrick Swayze and James Read, who play best friends from different parts of the country in the years leading up to the Civil War.
The generous John Jarndyce, struggling with his own past, and his two young wards Richard and Ada, are all caught up, like Lady Dedlock, in the infamous case of Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce, which will make one of them rich beyond imagination if it can ever be brought to a conclusion. As Tulkinghorn digs deeper into Lady Dedlock's past, he unearths a secret that will change their lives forever, and which is almost as astounding as the final outcome of the Jarndyce case.
Father Brown was a Catholic priest who doubled as an amateur detective in order to solve mysteries. Set in the early 1950s, this series unfolds in the fictional Cotswold village of Kembleford. Here, Father Brown, priest of the St Mary's Catholic Church, has an unusual hobby: he solves murder cases. A clumsy police inspector, who usually ends up arresting the wrong suspect, is irritated with Father Brown's detective success as he uses the typical skills of his close friends to crack murder cases. The historic background of the Britain struggling with post-world war deprivation and shortages sets the stage for the interesting cases Father Brown solves.